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NBA Free Agency 2012: Anatomy of the Houston Rockets' Bungled Offseason
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Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin

From immensely overpaying role players to going all-in to add a superstar, the Houston Rockets have made their fair share of headlines this summer. 

After another failed attempt to capture an elusive playoff berth, the Houston Rockets entered the offseason with a promising, but not elite, squad. Behind big man Luis Scola and high-octane scorer Kevin Martin, the roster possessed a nice blend of prospects and established veterans.

Sure, the team was stuck in purgatory, as the organization had no chance to compete for a championship, but they were ready to vie for a postseason spot next season.

The Rockets, though, had different plans. 

The anatomy of Houston's busy offseason includes four major trades orchestrated, two large signings completed, the utilization of the amnesty clause and many rumors sparked.

Simply put, nobody saw this coming.

In what appears to be yet another push to acquire a franchise-altering star, the Houston Rockets are wheeling-and-dealing with hopes to finally land their next franchise cornerstone. This team is obviously still reeling from the retirement of Yao Ming.

Nonetheless, let's examine all of the transactions and events that have transpired in Houston.

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